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Old 03-12-2016, 09:19 PM   #11
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I waited till near the end of 2010 and then ordered the 250 with the 6.4.

Steel heads, no def.

Would have liked the new six speed transmission and higher MPGs because of it but did not want to revisit alloy heads on steel block head gasket issues again.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:36 AM   #12
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I'm pulling 12K 5er with a 2015 Duramax (2500HD) and it is proving to be a very nice combo. Truck's been driven 22,000mi and 5er was in tow for 12,000 of those. Will make one comment on the DEF fill location.

Most of the time I buy the DEF 2.5 gals at Walmart for $7.88. Two bottles will do a fill that lasts about 5,000 miles. I use a step-stool to get up under the hood and though I agree that its inconvenient, its tolerable.

If however, you want to fill your DEF at the truck stop pumps (Flying J, etc.) then you will be subjected to Flying J's idiot pump programming. The pump will not allow you to pump from the DEF hose until after you have pumped from the diesel hose. The hoses are separate and the lengths are limiting. The scenario goes like this. Pull up to the pump and fill your diesel. Then back-up your rig (hope there's room behind you) so that now the DEF hose will reach across your truck front over to the opposite side where the DEF port is. Fill your DEF.

If you put a calc to the savings (Walmart is $3.15 a gallon, Flying J is usually about $2.25 a gallon). I've done both and now find it much simpler to just grab a bottle of DEF at Walmart while we're out traveling the byways.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:24 AM   #13
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Does the Wallymart brand come with a funnel like the Blue DEF?
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:28 AM   #14
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Walmart DEF includes a funnel. BlueDEF is only a $1 or so more if you prefer.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:32 AM   #15
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Around here it is 12 to 14 a 2.5 gallon vs walmart's 7.88. Just curious thanks.

I also like my combo with the 2015 2500. I would be leary with getting a whole new power plant that is not field tested yet. I would hate to see it end up with the Ford's 6.0 (I think it was) that had all sorts of issues.. I do not pull a literal house (well maybe I do I guess) but I think I have more than enough power for what I need.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:41 PM   #16
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The Big Three are microdots apart on most stuff. One has this, the other doesn't. The other has that, the 3rd doesn't. Brand Loyalty is high.........with me too. But I wouldn't trade my 2016 GMC Dually for much of anything. I haven't pulled a 5'er yet, but if it has big issues with it, I'll faint, and go buy a Freightliner.

I can send you to a dealer that will practically give them away............but it's in Arkansas!!
Who and where? I'm in Missouri and wouldn't mind the road trip!
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So I upgraded from my 2012 Dmax to a new 2016 Dmax Denali and I don't regret it. If they do indeed come out with something new in 2017, I wouldn't want it anyway. First year problems can be a real pain in the rear. The only thing I don't like about the current truck is the Bosch CP4.2 injection pump as they are still using it and it is the weak link for sure (and expensive when it goes). However, I treat my fuel at every fill up and I never had a problem in my 2012.
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I just bought a 2016 Ford F350 dually, just to prevent being the guinea pig for the new 2017 model coming
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Hoglou, I work for GM and I never heard anything about a new engine for 2017. Will make some phone calls tomorrow and find out what it's all about.
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Hoglou, I work for GM and I never heard anything about a new engine for 2017. Will make some phone calls tomorrow and find out what it's all about.
Same here. Body style change yes . If you want that then wait or get a 2016. Chevy still can out perform most diesels. Later RJD
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